Don Cheadle's plate is very full this summer.
The Oscar-nominated actor who was recently honored with the Independent Spirit Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, has a film called "Traitor" coming out next month and is currently promoting "Crash," a new Starz! series based on the Oscar-winning film that he starred in and produced two years ago. The show premieres on Oct. 17 but Cheadle won't be a part of the cast. He's one of the executive producers.
"I never saw it as a series necessarily, but I thought that there were a lot of hanging chads, so to speak, from the film and a lot of storylines that, if not even specifically, but that the energy of where these storylines were going would
be interesting to see how they carried out and how they would further themselves in a series," he said.
Cheadle said he might pop in as a guest star from time-to-time, but is unsure how hands on he'll be with "Crash." He's busy developing his Miles Davis project, which is his No. 1 priority at the moment. Cheadle will not only star in the film, but direct it, too.
"It's insane, it's an insane thing that I'm attempting to do but I'm going to do it," he said. "I hope I don't die of exhaustion in the process."
Miles is a passion project for Cheadle, a gifted musician in his own right.
"Yeah, I was a big fan of him," he said. "I grew up playing jazz my whole life, and it's something that his music has been very close to my heart and a big part of my family life and everything. And I'm obviously learning more and more about him every day as I pore through everything that's ever been written about him. But like I say, that's a while away, but I'm trying to take my time and work on that. And hopefully when it's ready to come out of the oven, it will."
Cheadle just recently wrapped up "Brooklyn's Finest" for director Antoine Fuqua in which he plays a cop named Tango. Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes are also in the film.
As one of the 4,0o0 "working" actors that make up the 122,000-member Screen Actors Guild, Cheadle counts his blessings but is concerned about a possible strike. SAG is scheduled to meet with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers on Wednesday morning.
"I don't have any, you know, specific insight other than, you know, we had our contract negotiations last time," he said. "We kind of gave up the farm on some things, and I think that the actors were really reticent to be in that position again because, you know, these residuals, that's our lifeblood really often -- a lot of times. I'm fortunate that I work pretty consistently. But a lot of other people rely on that really to get them from month to month. So they're
serious issues for people who are trying to make this their living, as foolish as that is, but it's a real thing. I hope
that we're able to come to some sort of an agreement without calling for the strike."